My sincerest thanks to Sachin for going out of his way in suggesting a number of changes. He's been a great help in many ways.
I also wish to thank Sunder Hattangadi for tranliterating and mailing me the 'Phataka'
Finally, it is impossible to put up anything in Devnagari on the web without appropriate fonts. I am grateful to all those who have contributed to make these fonts publicly available.